The court system is a vital part of ensuring women’s access to safe and legal abortion. NAF’s public policy programs include supporting litigation in the courts, submitting amicus briefs in cases affecting NAF members and the women they serve, and advocating for a fair and independent judiciary to make the decisions that will affect American women for generations to come.

Recent Cases

This year, the Supreme Court ruled in two cases affecting women’s reproductive health.


Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court struck down HB2, a Texas TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law that imposed medically-unnecessary requirements on abortion providers and facilities, including an admitting privileges requirement and an ASC standards requirement.

We filed an amicus brief in this case highlighting the perspective of providers and patients affected by the law and demonstrating the overall impact of the HB2 restrictions on abortion access in Texas.

McCullen v Coakley

On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts buffer zone that created a safe space around reproductive health care facilities in the state.

We filed an amicus brief in this case with support from 31 other organizations.

Learn more about buffer zone laws.

Hobby Lobby

On July 30, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that some for-profit private corporations can deny birth control coverage to their employees.



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